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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

So much quilty goodness on the horizon this summer

It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean the quilting goodness is out of season!  In fact, it’s about to blow up!
Quilters across the country are gearing up for the summer shop hop supreme, the Row by Row Experience.

We are so excited to be participating again this year & hope that you will make it to our shop.  We are just 30 miles off I-40, so take in some beautiful country scenery and enjoy a slower pace. 

We’ve finalized our row and our patterns are eagerly awaiting your arrival!  We also have a fun demo to show you, complete with a goodie bag so you can take it home & make one for yourself!

Go to rowbyrowexperience.com and click the Start Here button at the top of the page to see all the shops in your state, or to scope out while you are on vacation this summer. 
The shop hop is a no-fee, no-passport event and runs June 21-September 8.  See you soon!

(hope you enjoy the little sneak peek of our row!  We’ll be back with more for the June 1st kickoff!)

Also on tap is the 5th Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge!

For the 5th year, Fabrics N Quilts will bring you the Scrap Quilt Challenge!
We are partnering with some great sponsors this year and look forward to our kickoff party July1st! 
If you’ve missed the Challenge in prior years, we are glad to have you here this year!  Check out our prior year posts here.

Our next free pattern with Quilting Treasures will be out soon too, so keep your eyes peeled for Maya in stores soon! 

We’ll be sure to post the link up to the new pattern as soon as it’s available!  In the meantime, check out all the free patterns from QT here.

The summer Quilt Show Season is also upon us! Check out where we’ll be this summer & come say hi!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Aurifil Love

When I first got my Long Arm, Brutus, we had a long love-hate relationship.  At the very beginning, I loved him, he didn’t act like he even liked me.  During these first months (yeah, months) I tried so many thread combinations, tension settings and the like, that when he FINALLY found something he liked, I just accepted his choice.  For 2 years we have been brand loyal to Signature 40 weight in the top & Aurifil 50 in the bobbin.

Thinking Brutus and I were ready to take our relationship to the next level, I bought cones of Superior threads Omni and Glide.  Both poly threads.  I have had moderate success with Omni, but Brutus just does not like Glide.  Either he messes with the tension, or he shreds that thread like the monster we both know him to be.

My original plan for this quilt was to use Glide in a dark gray on top and Aurifil 50wt #2605 in the bobbin.  Since Brutus decided to spit up the Glide, again, I decided to give the Aurifil 40wt another shot in the top.  I tried this once early on, and had issues, but back then Brutus had issues with everything.  I just so happened to have #2605 in 40wt too, so with skepticism, I threaded it up.

I was stoked to see that he has warmed to Aurifil 40 in the top.  I have quite a collection of 40 wt Aurifil, so this opens some great options for me this summer! 

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This is a customer’s quilt.  She used a Missouri Star video tute, but I couldn’t find it at first glance.  You can look for it on their youtube channel.  I quilted this quilt with Quilter’s Dream Black Poly.  It added great dimension to the quilting I think.

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One day I will get Brutus to love Glide.  Until then, it’s nice to know he has a new friend in Aurifil 40wt!

{Did you know we sell the large spools (1300m @50wt and 1000m@40wt) of Aurifil for just $12.00?-check out the website for your favorite colors & share the news!}

Monday, April 27, 2015

The New FNQ blog hop party continues!

Oh yeah, the celebration is still running strong!

Check out these blogs NOW to enter while you still can!  You’ll want to add them all to your Bloglovin’!

Pat over at Life in The Scrapatch

Maryellen of Mary Mack Made Mine

Darlene from QuiltShopGal

Sarah will be hosting a giveaway starting Friday, so make a note to pop over to Confessions of a Fabrics Addict then!

Quiltweek Paducah recap

What a ton of fun!  This was our first time vending at the quilt show in Paducah & what a blast!

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Not only did we have great neighbors, a super spot, and good weather, I got to see some online buds too!  I think the pics in the Pavilion all came out with weird color, but here they are anyway


Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict & I


Penny Barnes & I


Linda Thielfoldt & I

{now you know why I shy away from pics…ugh!  I was not meant to be part of the “selfie generation”}


Our evenings were spent enjoying good food and friends, and a couple trips to Hancock’s of Paducah.  Yes, every quilter, even shop owners, have to languish around H-of-P during quilt week.

On our way out of town, we were blessed with this beautiful double rainbow!  What a travel blessing!

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We also got to see a few of you during the show too!  We enjoyed meeting you & sharing some quilting time together.  It was fun to meet each of you who stopped by from the blog hop!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It’s #Quiltweek!


I’m excited to bring a bushel of the shop to Paducah this week & show off our 3 new patterns for pre-cuts.  

Attending the Quiltweek festivities in Paducah is a bucket list item for most quilters for sure.  We are lucky to be just 4 hours away, making a day trip possible-which we did last year.  Now it was a loooong day, but it’s a safe bet that our whole group slept soundly that night.  I suppose the west-coaster’s and I can relate; I’d love to make it to Sisters Outdoor show one day, but the travel is pretty cumbersome.

Not only will we feature our new patterns & kits, but also have the cutest panel pattern to show you.  It’s a quick pattern to make up & will give you lots of ideas on how to use those panels you love so much.  I am currently very inspired by big blocks and panels.  Tuck that away as you think about the next round of patterns that you’ll see in Chattanooga this fall.  (For a complete list of shows where you will find me, check our Events page)

I’d love to hear if you’ve ever been to the AQS Show in Paducah or if you plan to attend.   If you are coming this year, look for me!  I am in the bubble/Pavillion (it’s like a bouncy house for quilters).  I will be about 2/3 of the way back on the right side.  I’m in the same row as Moda Fabrics, in the 4500 row.  Look for banners hanging above the aisles for help finding by number.

If you’d like a little giftie from me when you find me, just check out the giveaways we are hosting on these blogs for info!

Go check out Persimon Dreams & Quilt Shop Gal RIGHT NOW .

later this week:

Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 17, 2015

The New FNQ Giveaway winners!

We had a blast reading all the comments and meeting all the bloggers in our recent giveaway!  Thank you for all your feedback!

We’ve drawn these 4 lucky ducks as our $25.00 gift certificate winners:

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  • Jessica
  • Laura Ferdal 
  • PK Sews
  • Missy Shay

But don’t fret if you didn’t win here on our blog!  We are sponsoring giveaways on other blogs too!

Go check out Persimon Dreams & Quilt Shop Gal RIGHT NOW to enter their $35.00 gift certificate giveaways.

Next week:

Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Weekend of 5/1:

Confessions of a Fabric Addict:http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/

Life in the Scrapatch: http://scrapatches.blogspot.com/

and don’t forget…there’s always free US shipping on the new FNQ!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Have you entered the Blog Hop giveaways from Fabrics N Quilts this week?

We are sponsoring a month-long blog hop to introduce you to some (maybe) new-to-you bloggers and the new FabricsNQuilts.com!


Check our blog for our giveaway and go scope out Kim from Persimon Dreams.  She’s an uber-talented quilter with a style all her own.  You’ll be amazed at her creations. http://persimondreams.blogspot.com/2015/04/fabrics-n-quilts-revamped-and-giveaway.html  Kim is also the host of Project Quilting & she’s just released an off-season challenge!

Also this week is a giveaway with Darlene over at QuiltShopGal. http://quiltshopgal.com/celebrating-a-home-remodel-web-make-over-for-fabrics-n-quilts-blog-hop-giveaways-and-fun/  Be sure to check out the drop downs from the links under her logo.  Lots of inspiration & events/linky’s, etc you definitely want to see!  She’s also hosting the Free Motion Quilting Challenge right now!  Prizes each month & free skill building techniques. 


Tune into these blogs next week for even more Fabrics N Quilts giveaway fun:

Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/blog-posts/

Mary Mack Made Mine: http://teachpany.blogspot.com/